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    I know, I'm not making a decision based on format size, just looking for something different from the 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 I already have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reellis67 View Post
    Don't make the choice based on something like that - choose the system that does what you need for the price that you can afford.

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    Dear Randy,

    If we all based our decisions on what we could afford, a lot fewer of us would be photographers at all. Quite a few would avoid marriage, too. I've been lucky in both regards...

    Cheers,

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    Make a list of what your current camera doesn't have. Then rank the features in order of what matters to you.

    If you get a 6x7 with removable backs/inserts you likely can shoot 6x45 to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH View Post
    ... just looking for something different from the 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 I already have.
    Craig:

    I shot 2 1/4 square (or 6x6) for 30 years. Enlarging to 8x10 required cropping and one ends up essentially using the equivelent of a 645 neg out of the 6x6. A few years ago I got a 645 rangefinder, and my prints were comparable (not counting the difference in lenses - another thread ).

    Last year, I moved "up" to 6x7. Now I can print bigger! (as it were)

    But, the most important thing I've "learned" is that there is nothing sacred about any format. If my 6x6 negs need cropping, they get cropped. Otherwise, I've started to print them square. Does it waste paper? Matter of opinion. Does cropping waste film?

    I just finished making 15 or 16 "exhibition" prints on 11x14 paper. Some 6x6 and some 6x7 negs. The actual images are 9x9, 9x11, 9x12 and one 8x12. It's all in what the neg required.

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    What David said!!

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    I crop most of the time, but it would be nice to compose properly & not crop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigH View Post
    I crop most of the time, but it would be nice to compose properly & not crop.

    Craig
    Dear Craig,

    Why can't you compose properly AND crop?

    Cheers,

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    "Cropping" is a dirty word. Has been since Cartier-Bresson started having his negatives printed with a black line around the image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Shively View Post
    "Cropping" is a dirty word. Has been since Cartier-Bresson started having his negatives printed with a black line around the image.
    Dear Lee,

    In my book, that makes H C-B a dirty word.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
    Dear Craig,

    Why can't you compose properly AND crop?

    Cheers,

    R.
    I have to agree with Roger on this.

    I cannot consider cropping a "dirty word". After all, there are times when it is physically impossible to locate yourself in the exact "right" spot to compose a shot just as you want it.

    Cropping sure helps there.

    And, when you are shooting "street"; there are times when an inconvenient butt gets in the way on one side. You're never going to get the shot again - so it's either live with the annoying butt or, crop away!

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